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They say 60 is the new 30. Okay, maybe that’s not true, but they should say it. Age really is nothing but a number, and if you take steps to keep yourself spry and spirited, your number won’t stop you from living life to the fullest. Here are a few ways to keep your healthy lifestyle going regardless of age.

Reach for the bottle (of water). Water is life. That pretty much sums up the importance of staying hydrated. If you don’t like plain old tap water, Harvard Health Publishing asserts that you can sneak in some of your daily intakes by eating water-rich foods. These include green vegetables and watermelon. You can also add fruit to your water for guilt-free flavor.

Enjoy the sunshine responsibly. If you’re the outdoor type, you should be stocked up on sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50. Sunscreen, along with wearing a hat, sunglasses, and skin-covering clothing, can help you avoid skin cancer. If that’s not enough, the best sunscreens can even help you stave off wrinkles and that leathery skin we all fear.

Take care of the skin you’re in. Drinking water will go a long way toward keeping your skin young and healthy, but it’s not enough. If you normally wear makeup, switch to high-quality products that won’t dry your skin out or clog your pores. A hydrating body lotion and facial moisturizer will keep skin supple.

Early to bed… There is a common misconception that older adults don’t need as much sleep as everyone else. According to the National Sleep Foundation, that’s a dangerous myth. Beyond childhood, adults need seven to nine hours of restful sleep each night. If you find that you have issues falling or staying asleep, ask your doctor if it could be your medication keeping you awake. Not getting enough sleep is linked to all sorts of health conditions, including depression and heart disease. As well, sleep deprivation can trigger weight gain and tank your cognitive abilities.

Enjoy family time. Seniors are at a greater risk of loneliness than their children and grandchildren. Make a point to spend time with friends and family, and you’ll enjoy a healthier, longer life.

Start your day with balance. Breakfast is the fuel that gives you your go. A great morning meal includes something out of most food groups: protein for muscle mass, carbohydrates for energy, dairy for bone health, and fruits/vegetables for that all-important fiber that helps you…go. Here are more than 60 busy-day breakfast ideas that will keep you full and ready to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. 

Grab a paintbrush. United Methodist Homes, a 140-year-old senior care provider, reports that hobbies support the mind and allow for physical activity. It doesn’t matter what you do. Whether you paint a masterpiece, play Bridge once a week, or sow seeds in a small backyard garden, your hobby should be something you enjoy and that brings you pleasure. You don’t have to be good at it, either.

Clear the clutter. If you want to be truly happy in your home and life, you have to clear the clutter, both literally and figuratively. At home, get rid of anything that doesn’t enhance your quality of life. Those old dress pants from the 1980s…Gone. Boxes of yard sale leftovers that collect dust in the attic…Gone. More than the physical clutter, you need to eliminate emotional baggage that keeps you down. Make amends with people who have hurt you. Share your biggest secrets. Do whatever it takes to give you a clear conscious, and you’ll find that you have more room to grow and the freedom to enjoy your best years.

Above all else, use common sense. If it doesn’t make you feel your best, don’t do it. You don’t have to give in to age. Make age give in to you by jumping ahead of the monster that is time.

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How young is too young to start an anti-aging regimen? 

A solid preventative routine established in your 20s can go a long way toward protecting and maintaining healthy skin cells through your 30s.

“When you’re buying a product, absolutely read the label and know what you’re looking for,” she says. “You want to optimize and give your skin the building blocks we had in our youth.”

Anti-aging ingredients every woman should know about by age 30—and beyond. “It’s never too late, and the changes to your skin will be measurable and enjoyable!

Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with SPF 30 or Higher
“This should be the core of your regimen, and it’s imperative you pick a broad-spectrum formula with SPF 40 or higher. You want a physical component that reflects light—micronized zinc has teeny microscopic particles that do that—as opposed to a purely chemical sunscreen that absorbs it.”

You want a physical component that reflects light—micronized zinc has teeny microscopic particles that do that—as opposed to a purely chemical sunscreen that absorbs it.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids
“A lot of the time in your 20s, you’re still contending with acne. Glycolic acidlactic acid, and other alpha hydroxy acids gently exfoliate the skin to give it a smoother, brighter appearance and stimulate new collagen. You might start with a light glycolic toner or wash in your 20s and switch to a serum with antioxidants and glycolic acid in your 30s.”

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Antioxidants
“Antioxidants are crucial for anti-aging, to protect our skin, our collagen, and our elastin from free radicals that cause damage to the DNA in our cells. Not all antioxidants are created equal—you get what you pay for with certain things, and antioxidants are a splurge-worthy product. You want a serum specifically formulated with about 15 to 20 percent vitamin C to be absorbed properly. Resveratrol, which we find in certain red wines, is a great antioxidant, as well.”

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Niacinamide
Niacinamide is a vitamin B3. It’s a great brightener, but also a very good moisturizer. It helps with pigmentary conditions, evens the skin tone, and brightens the skin. You want to look for products where these are the top five ingredients, that’s where you want to get your value.”

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Lipids and Oils
“Our skin can get dry and dull, and we want re-infuse it with lipids to get that plumpness back—they’re essentially the mortar between your skin cells that help maintain your skin barrier as you age. Lipids are often listed as ceramides and fatty acids. Ceramides are essentially the skin barrier molecules deficient in dry skin. Fatty acids help drive the production of cholesterol and ceramides, and might be listed as sunflower or other oils.”

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Lots of Minerals 

These are called phytonutrients or phytochemicals.”Phyto” refers to the Greek word for plant. These chemicals help protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats. Fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients. Other plant-based foods also contain phytonutrients, such as Whole grains.